Companies have been reminded that they face fines and injury compensation claims if they do not observe safe working practices after a delivery driver lost an arm to a severe work injury.
Lincolnshire-based Colin Parker (Masonry) has been fined GBP 3,000 and ordered to pay costs of GBP 10,603 after a court heard that the driver, who was unloading stone slabs from a lorry, was hit by a collapsing stack.
The injury was so serious that he needed to have his arm amputated at the roadside.
"It’s vital that companies think more about the safety of their staff while they’re out of the office on deliveries or carrying out work," commented Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Caroline Penwill.
"We’ve got to stop incidents like this happening again in the future."
Food manufacturer Tulip Limited in Warwick was recently prosecuted by the HSE after an incident in which an employee had three fingers crushed in a packing machine.